I Don’t Carry Purses

January 23, 2012 · 59 comments

I only ever wear wristlets. I haven’t used a purse since college, because I end up packing everything I own into the thing.

I then have to tote an obnoxious heavy bag around, I can’t find anything, and it’s completely counterproductive.

Plus, I’m sure most of you know big purses have been linked to back problems. Which can cause runners to tread unevenly, which can injure them. This runner refuses to compromise that stuff.

So, these days, I travel lighter.

Wristlets make life easier. A girl can’t moonwalk with a big fat purse on her shoulder.

But, if you notice above, I can’t fit my ID, Visa, cash, iPhone, AND camera all into one little wristlet.

Which is where JAVOedge comes in.

Remember the original iPhone 4s case I bought? The one I was crazy about? The one you guys oooh-ed and aaaah-ed over from J. Crew?

The one that didn’t last a week?

Yeah. Disappointment times a thousand, especially when you spend $18 for a case. Lesson learned: Don’t buy J. Crew iPhone cases.

Now, I have a place where you should by an iPhone case. JAVOedge has a million electronics accessories, and thanks to them, I’ve found THREE new ways to protect, carry, and accessorize my iPhone 4s.

And I can moonwalk while carrying all of ‘em.

The City Pouch can be used as a wristlet and as an actual purse.

The Flora Book Case is great for my long runs with its extra padding. Ever since this happened, you probably can’t blame me for my immense fear of being sprawled out on the sidewalk with my iPhone in pieces.

In my opinion, it’s also the cutest.

The latch is magnetic, so it’s easy to open and close. I also really love that I can take pictures with it still in the case.

The Wallet Case is perfect for a night on the town.

The only thing I don’t absolutely ADORE about the Wallet Case is that the clasp is a little hard to fasten closed. But I can also easily take pictures with my phone in the case, so the clasp issue is easily overlooked. ;)

I love that all of these cases hold and protect my phone as well as my ID and credit cards. JAVOedge sells all kids of electronics accessories, so if you’re in the market for something to protect your Smartphone, E-reader, tablet, MP3 player, go check out their website.

And when your hair resembles 10 a.m. bedhead after dancing at the bar all night, the easy wristlet case makes it easy to quickly put your hair up.

Even if you are distraught over having to sport the messy bun in public.

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1 Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile January 23, 2012 at 3:13 pm

I haaateee wearing purses! It always ends up being filled with empty gum wrappers and receipts. That phone wallet case is genius.

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2 Brittany *Sparkles* January 23, 2012 at 3:26 pm

oooh those are super cute!!! I do the same things with bags.. I have my ONE large bag I tote to work and my smaller wristlet and tiny purse I actually fit INSIDE the big one bahaha it’s like the Russian nesting dolls (smaller ones keep coming out of the largest one).

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3 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss January 23, 2012 at 5:06 pm

hahaha, good simile there… it totally is like those dolls.

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4 Carrie January 23, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Seriously great find!!!!! I think I’ll be ordering one of these bad boys. I usually end up stuffing my ID and phone into my pocket. My iPhone is just asking to be sat on…

p.s. The Shamrock Half is SOLD OUT and I’m super bummed!! Looks like I won’t be chugging green beers on St. Pattie’s weekend after all :(
p.s.s. You should run the Polar Plunge 5k in VA Beach on Feb 4th!! It’s part of the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics and I think you could probably place :) It’s a small race and only in its 2nd year.
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5 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss January 23, 2012 at 5:07 pm

interesting… I’ve been really slacking on my speedwork lately, though.. l’ll look into it!

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6 Brittany (healthy slice of life) January 23, 2012 at 3:34 pm

I need this in my life. I prefer traveling light for my occasional night out, but I need this even more because my new purse is a diaper bag. There, I said it. And I need something like this I can easily toss in the bag or grab out when I’m solo. Love it!
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7 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss January 23, 2012 at 5:08 pm

I bet it’d snazz up your diaper bag look. ;)

who are we kidding. you probably make that diaper bag look glamorous.

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8 Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots January 23, 2012 at 3:40 pm

what an awesome find! I am ordering one asap!

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9 Mindy @ Clueless Nut January 23, 2012 at 3:43 pm

I don’t carry a purse either. I have 2 wristlets and one clutch I switch back and forth from. My favorite is the snakeskin Michael Kors iPhone clutch I got for Christmas! It is very durable, something I very much need.
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10 Jill k January 23, 2012 at 3:45 pm

I got the silver J Crew one for Xmas and it has done the same thing :( and I always have glitter in random places on my face – new case in the future for me as well!!

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11 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss January 23, 2012 at 5:09 pm

seriously. my coworkers were always asking me why I had glitter on my face all the time.

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12 chelcie @ chelcie's food files January 23, 2012 at 3:46 pm

wow I want all of those cases!

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13 Katherine January 23, 2012 at 3:53 pm

I had that same J Crew phone case and it did the same thing. I took it back and they gave me a refund!

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14 Lindsay @ Fuel My Family January 23, 2012 at 3:53 pm

oo that purple one is super cute. Unfortunately not only do i carry a big purse but also a big diaper bag. I didnt know they said it makes runners gaits lopsided. Theres really no way though to carry snacks, sippy cups, cloth diapers, changes of clothes, epi pens, etc, etc in a cute little wristlet!
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15 Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons January 23, 2012 at 4:17 pm

How did I not know these existed?!!??! in. love.

This would have made the past 10 years of my life so freaking easy!
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16 Hannah January 23, 2012 at 4:28 pm

I hated purses for the longest time…but I need something so I can carry my water bottle and a book with me everywhere, haha.

I have a j crew case that I’m in love with! Its on of the silicone cases though.
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17 Karla @myhighonlife January 23, 2012 at 4:32 pm

I love using a purse for day to day stuff (when I’m not in class.. or running, so basically rarely) but I need to invest in something for going out. I will be checking these out for sure :)
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18 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List January 23, 2012 at 4:32 pm

You might be able to Moonwalk, but can you Dougie? I’m SO winning the danceoff competition at BLEND!
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19 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss January 23, 2012 at 5:10 pm

hey, Lindsay.

bring it.

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20 Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables January 23, 2012 at 4:34 pm

I finally got an iphone just today and I will DEFINITELY be ordering one of these cases!

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21 Theresa January 23, 2012 at 4:38 pm

some of these look really awesome, ive been def shopping around for a new iphone case myself!
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22 Amanda January 23, 2012 at 4:51 pm

The sakroots smartphone wristlet savessss my life constantly. Honestly with purses I feel like I loose more of my shit when I go out because I forget everything I put in there…
Now when I got out its like wristlet:check, phone in wristlet pouch:check, dignity:questionable, cleared for takeoff.

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23 Andrea @ Andrea Out Loud! January 23, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Thank you SO much for sharing. If I am out or even out and about somewhere walking around I always end up holding my phone and tucking other stuff away which is a pain (or making bf carry it which he loves)
Im def chcking out some of these bad boys. i NEED!
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24 Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy January 23, 2012 at 4:53 pm

It doesn’t matter how hard I try, I will never be able to give up my Mary Poppins bag. I mean, clearly I need a notebook, hand lotion, 14 chapsticks, a compact, 12 pens, my phone (duh), 2 wallets and 37 other random items at ALL. TIMES.

Cute stuff though. ;)
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25 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss January 23, 2012 at 5:11 pm

13 chapsticks and 11 pens just won’t do it.

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26 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat January 23, 2012 at 4:53 pm

I’m a purse addict. My absoulte favorite (a Marc Jacobs “shopper”) weighs > 5lbs before I start cramming things into it. Bad news for my shoulders, but it’s so beautiful.
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27 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine January 23, 2012 at 5:15 pm

OH MY GOSH I HAVE THAT IPHONE CASE TOO! The gold one. That’s falling apart too. It’s the third one that’s bit the dust and I’ve only had my phone since June so…I think I need to stop being abusive to my cases. The phone is still good though.
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28 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss January 23, 2012 at 5:22 pm

isn’t it so frustrating?! someone told me it looked like snakeskin. that’s when I knew it was time to trash it. however, if the phone’s still working…. I guuueesss it did its job, right? ;)

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29 Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health January 23, 2012 at 5:19 pm

My roomie just got one of those!! If I had an iphone I would totally want one too :D. Now I just need an iphone haha.
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30 julie January 23, 2012 at 5:23 pm

i’m a bag lady haha give me the biggest bag ever so i can put 3 kids a dog and my house in there, nothing less and i’m good to go. incipio featherweight iphone cases for the win mama!
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31 Janine @ThePurpleGiraffe January 23, 2012 at 5:27 pm

I’m a big fan of a functional wristlet! I went back to a bag for the winter (to carry gloves, shades, tissues, etc), but come spring my bag size shrinks drastically!
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32 Kelsey @readysetfeast January 23, 2012 at 5:33 pm

ohhh these are super cute! I tend to either wear a huge purse or a wristlet. I feel like there is not point of the in between purse?
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33 Pamela January 23, 2012 at 5:47 pm

I really like the City Pouch! I love wearing cross-body bags when I go out, and this would fit the essentials. I usually take pictures with my phone, so I am set! It’s on my wish list! :)
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34 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 23, 2012 at 6:08 pm

LOVE LOVE LOVE!

That’s all I can even muster out.

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35 Morganshines January 23, 2012 at 6:35 pm

I am LOVING the Javoedge site!!! I need to get a lil somethin’ somethin’ for my Kindle fire!!
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36 Jocelyn @ Enthusiastic Runner January 23, 2012 at 6:41 pm

wow that is a lot of wristlets! I hate carrying a purse….and I hate the word “purse”. It’s like “moist”. Ughhhh …words I hate.
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37 Amber K January 23, 2012 at 7:15 pm

I only ever wear messy buns, life is too short! ;)

I just recently started using a wristlet, but the one I bought doesn’t quite hold everything in. I totally lost my lip balm on New Year’s. My husband thinks it flew out on the dance floor. He also got whacked a few times with it while we were dancing – whoops! lol
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38 Katie January 23, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Thank you! I get so much grief and ‘are you serious?’ comments from people because I carry a small ‘purse’. Apparently it’s unheard of and unacceptable! I love the blue Apple iPhone one. Now to replace my crappy phone with an iPhone, buy that, and done!

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39 Chels R. January 23, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Too cute! Love that scarf you have on too :-)
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40 Maggie January 23, 2012 at 8:22 pm

I’ve been carrying a giant purse and I don’t really need to be, at least when I’m not going to work. I need to invest in some cute wristlets.
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41 Shannon January 23, 2012 at 9:56 pm

The wristlet is like a tuxedo t-shirt. It looks formal but also says you’re there to party :)
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42 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss January 24, 2012 at 1:27 am

I wanna be formal… but I’m here to party. ;)

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43 Rach January 23, 2012 at 10:18 pm

I am so not a purse carrier. They drive me crazy, haha! I love my Vera Bradley ID wallet! It’s the best. :)
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44 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss January 24, 2012 at 1:27 am

I had one of those in college.. lifesaver!

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45 Kristen @ notsodomesticated January 23, 2012 at 10:32 pm

I’m the one who carries the giant “mom” purse, and has to spend 15 minutes trying to find a pen! I just can’t do a wristlet … I have too much junk I (think I) need.

Bummer on the first phone cover … I hate when things fall apart soon after purchasing them! So frustrating!
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46 Emily January 24, 2012 at 3:23 am

I have a few wallet cases like this that I ALWAYS use when I go out. They’re so much more practical than lugging around a giant bag. I’ve never heard of JavoEdge but their cases are adorable! I’m definitely going to check them out.
Unfortunately, I still resort to carrying a huge purse on a day-to-day basis. Since I’m usually running from audition to audition, or spending long hours on set, I carry a lot of stuff. Oh well! As long as the bag is cute…right? (:
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47 Sarah January 24, 2012 at 4:48 am

umm I love that case! Too cute. Now, if only I had an iphone.. aww shucks!
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48 This Fit Chick January 24, 2012 at 7:06 am

AMEN I HATE purses!! they are so annoying how they just hang all floppy by your side…
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49 Bess @ Bess Be Fit January 24, 2012 at 1:31 pm

I love the book case and the wallet case! I definitely need one of those.
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50 Chelsea January 24, 2012 at 8:57 pm

My big purse gives me back problems and I know it :( I just love it so much. I need to get some more wristlets for sure.

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51 Sarah January 24, 2012 at 11:22 pm

i have also been trying to avoid the large bag issue! I was down to a tiny bag for a while then i have slowly been going back up in size! I think ill get a tiny one to wear every day and save the big bag for OCCASIONAL use!
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52 Kristin @ FoodFash January 25, 2012 at 2:05 am

I am OBSESSED with my iphone case that holds credit cards. It’s perfect for a license and credit card when you’re running out the door and don’t want to bring your entire purse. Here’s a link to one similar to mine if you’re interested – http://www.amazon.com/Cinda-B-Cases-Casablanca-Purple/dp/B0053ODX2K/ref=sr_1_87?s=wireless&ie=UTF8&qid=1327457000&sr=1-87
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53 Paige @ Running Around Normal January 25, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Ha! Girl, I hear you! I carry a purse most of the time, but love the winter for only one reason: coat pockets. Much easier to stuff my phone,wallet, and keys in coat pockets than a summer dress or jean short pockets :-P

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54 Tiffany February 7, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Just saw this post and I love your scarf! Mind me asking where it’s from? :)

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55 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss February 7, 2012 at 4:52 pm

I’m not sure – I got it a long time ago. maybe NY&Co?

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56 Carolyn February 19, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Hi!
I just told my 13 year old daughter today that I’m tired of carrying purses. Thanks for the information on wristlets.

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57 Brandon March 9, 2013 at 8:48 pm

I know this is totally unrelated but I did a search for reviews of J.Crew’s leather iPhone 5 case and this post showed up pretty high up in the results. I’m getting the phone for my birthday in a few days and I have no idea where to get a case. Right now I’m using one from Casetagram but I think I want something different.

Do you think the leather case from J.Crew would end up a disappointment, too? It’s way over $18 BUT it is leather…
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58 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss March 11, 2013 at 8:58 am

Good question. I’m not sure! I would take a good look at the product in person before purchasing.

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59 Brandon March 11, 2013 at 6:23 pm

Thanks, definitely a good idea. Hoping to get out to the store soon!
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